Saturday, June 20, 2020

New Music Friday - May 29, 2020

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases


Deerhoof - Future Teenage Cave Artists

Deerhoof went in a different direction with their last album. 2017's Mountain Moves, bringing a large number of collaborators. The follow-up hearkens back to earlier work, with a title that indicates the band's isolationist approach and their conceptual view towards the future.

Watch: "Future Teenage Cave Artists"
Watch: "“Farewell” Symphony"




Lady Gaga - Chromatica

Lady Gaga's sixth album was one of many that were delayed due to the coronavirus epidemic, originally scheduled for an April release. The album includes features from several other pop icons, including Ariana Grande and Elton John.

Watch: "Rain on Me" (featuring Ariana Grande)
Watch: "Stupid Love"




Mrs. Piss - Self-Surgery

Mrs. Piss is a new project from Jess Gowrie and Chelsea Wolfe. The project started while the pair were touring for Wolfe's 2017 album, Hiss Spun. The project has given them a new opportunity to work together and a platform on which to bring in other female performers.

Watch: "Knelt"
Watch: "Downer Surrounded by Uppers"




Nicole Atkins - Italian Ice

Italian Ice is the fifth album from this New Jersey artist, following 2017's Goodnight Rhonda Lee. On the album, Atkins collaborates with a number of her contemporaries, including McKenzie Smith (of Midlake), bassist David Hood, and Britt Daniel (of Spoon).

Watch: "Captain" (featuring Britt Daniel)
Watch: "Domino"




PINS - Hot Slick

PINS became a fast favorite of mine after the release of their 2015 sophomore album, Wild Nights. I waited dutifully for a follow-up and gobbled up every interim project released, including the 2017 EP, Bad Thing, and frontwoman Faith Vern's collaborations with Iggy Pop. Finally, their third album is here, and I am beyond excited!

Watch: "Hot Slick"
Watch: "Bad Girls Forever"


Other Full-Length Releases


Christian Lee Hutson - Beginners

Watch: "Lose This Number"
Watch: "Talk"

Jade Hairpins - Harmony Avenue

Watch: "J Terrapin"
Watch: "(Don’t Break My) Devotion"

Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Alfredo

Watch: "Frank Lucas" (featuring Benny the Butcher)
Watch: "1985"

The Memories - Pickles & Pies

Listen: "Second Try"
Listen: "The Sign" (featuring Colleen Green)

Painted Zeros - When You Found Forever

Watch: "Break"
Watch: "Commuter Rage"

Thomas Wesley - Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil

Watch: "On Mine" (featuring Noah Cyrus)
Watch: "Real Life Stuff" (featuring Julia Michaels, & Clever)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.


Alex Lahey - Between the Kitchen and the Living Room

Watch: "Let’s Go Out" (Bedroom Version)
Listen: "Every Day’s the Weekend" (Laundry Version)

Baths - Pop Music / False B-Sides II

Watch: "Mikaela Corridor"
Watch: "Wistful (Fata Morgana)"

Capone: Original Motion Picture Score

Listen: "mama’s hurt"
Listen: "this is Al that’s left"

Esther Rose - My Favorite Mistakes

Listen: "Blue on Blue"
Listen: "My Favorite Mistake"

Flying Lotus - Flamagra (Instrumentals)

Listen: "Black Balloons Reprise" (Instrumental)
Listen: "Yellow Belly" (Instrumental)

Iggy Pop - The Idiot/Lust for Life Reissue

Watch: "Lust for Life"
Listen: "Neighborhood Threat"

K-os - Boshido

Listen: "Crucial" (Kaytranada Remix)
Listen: "Free Style"

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Chunky Shrapnel

Watch: "This Thing"
Watch: "Mars for the Rich"

Lily & Horn Horse - Republicans for Bernie

Watch: "Balloon"
Listen: "Crosby, Stills and Nash"

The Soft Pink Truth - Am I Free to Go?

Saturday, June 6, 2020

New Music Friday - May 22, 2020

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases


Brigid Dawson & Mothers Network - Ballet of Apes

Brigid Dawson has been an on-and-off member (currently off) of Thee Oh Sees since 2005, providing keyboards, tambourine, and backing vocals for the band. Ballet of Apes is her debut album, in which she collaborates with former bandmates, and current and former members of Fresh & Onlys, Sic Alps, and Total Control.

Listen: "Is the Season for New Incarnations"
Listen: "Ballet of Apes"




Katie Von Schleicher - Consummation

This is the sophomore album from the co-lead singer of Wilder Maker, following 2017's Shitty Hits. Inspired partially by Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, this album pushes Von Schleicher past the lo-fi sound of her debut.

Watch: "Caged Sleep"
Watch: "Wheel"




Nation of Language - Introduction, Presence

I was wondering recently what became of Holograms, a great band that rode the wave of an '80s-style synth resurgence about a decade ago. That band is still very silent, but there's a new resurgence of the sound, and Nation of Language of helping ring that in. This is their debut album.

Watch: "The Wall & I"
Watch: "Rush & Fever"




Owen Pallett - Island

I only learned about this album on the day it was released and thought that the announcement had somehow flown under my radar. Not so! Pallett pulled a Beyoncé and surprise-released his fifth album.

Watch: "A Bloody Morning"
Listen: "Transformer"



Other Full-Length Releases


The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form


Watch: "People"
Watch: "Frail State of Mind"



Fools - Fools’ Harp Vol. 1


Listen: "Deefyfe"
Listen: "Aeg Old"




Tim Burgess - I Love the New Sky


Watch: "Empathy for the Devil"
Watch: "The Mall"



Woods - Strange to Explain


Watch: "Strange to Explain"
Watch: "Where Do You Go When You Dream?"



Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.


Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated Side B

Watch: "This Love Isn’t Crazy"
Listen: "Comeback" (featuring Bleachers)



Margo Price - Perfectly Imperfect at the Ryman


Watch: "All American Made"




Wild Nothing - Gemini Reissue


Listen: "Gemini"
Listen: "Live in Dreams"



Sunday, May 24, 2020

New Music Friday - May 15, 2020

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases



ALMA - Have U Seen Her?

This is the debut album from this Finnish singer who started her career on the country's version of Idol, where she finished fifth. She spent the past couple of years working with fellow Nords MØ and Tove Lo, as well as Charli XCX and Miley Cyrus.

Watch: "Have U Seen Her?"
Watch: "LA Money"




The Magnetic Fields - Quickies

This new album from The Magnetic Fields follows 2017's 50 Song Memoir. Their albums usually have some interesting concept to them, and this is no different. As the title suggests, the album is made up of super-short songs, none longer than two minutes 35 seconds.

Watch: "Kraftwerk in a Blackout"
Watch: "I’ve Got a Date with Jesus"




Moses Sumney - græ

This seems to be the year of releasing albums in pieces. Hayley Williams released half of her debut album several months before the full release, and Moses Sumney has done something similar for his follow up to 2017's Aromanticism. The first half of græ was released February. Now, we get the full release of the beautiful new record.

Watch: "and so I come to isolation"
Watch: "Bystanders"




Perfume Genius - Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

Perfume Genius has steadily released one incredible album after another. His latest may be his best, receiving the highest average ratings for his career. Inspiration for the album came out of Mike Hadreas' 2019 dance collaboration with Kate Wallich.

Watch: "Describe"
Watch: "On the Floor"




Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Temple

To introduce their fifth album, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down set the standard for great quarantine music videos. I know that I've mentioned the "Phenom" video before, but it is just such a great show of creativity in our new reality. 

Watch: "Temple"
Watch: "Phenom"

Other Full-Length Releases


Charli XCX - How I’m Feeling Now

Watch: "Forever"
Watch: "anthems"

The Dears - Lovers Rock

Watch: "The Worst in Us"
Watch: "Heart of an Animal"

Future - High Off Life

Watch: "Hard to Choose One"
Listen: "Solitaires" (featuring Travis Scott)

Jess Williamson - Sorceress

Watch: "Wind on Tin"
Watch: "Infinite Scroll"

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Music of Transformation

Watch: "The Steady Heart"
Watch: "Expanding Electricity"

Memory Pearl - Music for 7 Paintings

Watch: "Number 28, 1950"
Watch: "Red and Brown Scene, 1961"

The Neverly Boys - Dark Side of Everything

Watch: "Never Come Down"
Listen: "Burn Hollywood"

Nick Hakim - WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD

Watch: "QADIR"
Listen: "WTMMG"

Peaking Lights - E S C A P  E

Listen: "EVP (DKMNTL081)"
Listen: "The Damned"

Porcelain Raft - Come Rain

Watch: "Come Rain"
Watch: "Out of Time"

Public Practice - Gentle Grip

Watch: "Compromised"
Watch: "Disposable"

Retirement Party - Runaway Dog

Watch: "Runaway Dog"
Watch: "Compensation"

Sparks - A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

Watch: "Self-Effacing"
Watch: "Lawnmower"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.


Becoming - Music from the Netflix Original Documentary

Brain - The World EP

Listen: "Boss"

Charlie Cunningham - Pieces

Listen: "All This"
Listen: "Pieces"

Henry Jamison - Tourism

Watch: "Still Life" (featuring Joseph)
Listen: "Tourism" (featuring Fenne Lily)

Parsnip - Adding Up

Watch: "Treacle Toffee World"
Listen: "Adding Up"

Sleaford Mods - All That Glue

Watch: "Second"
Listen: "Reef of Grief"